Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a teen, or just curious about digital literacy and citizenship, you’ve come to the right place. Google and our partners have compiled a short list of helpful resources for getting to know the web. Read on, and continue to explore the wonders of the web with us.
Resources for everyone
- Bust those technical termsThe web can be confusing, and even the savviest Internet user has come across terms that don’t make sense. Like “WPA2.” Or “IP address.” Or “spyware.” We’ve made a list of some common technical words and explained them here as simply and accurately as we can.
- Becoming tech-savvyExplore Internet 101 and learn more about the web and beyond.
- Good to Know YouTube channelWant to see more videos about privacy and security? Take a look through our YouTube channel.
- Inside SearchDiscover all the features and tricks to master Google search. Get information on Google’s newest search features and learn tips for beginners, pros, and everyone in between.
- YouTube Safety CenterLearn how to flag videos that violate our Community Guidelines, keep personal videos private, and block users whose comments or messages bother you.
- 20 Things I LearnedDo you have questions about web but were too afraid to ask? We have the book for you. Learn about the web and browsers in this interactive experience created by Google.
- OnGuardOnline.gov safety videosThe Federal Trade Commission has released a series of video tips to help you protect your personal information online. The videos are available at OnGuardOnline.gov, the federal government’s site to help computer users be safe, secure, and responsible. Here are some examples:
- Computer Security provides simple steps to help you protect yourself and your computer from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves.
- Online Shopping Tips can help you get the best deal and avoid unnecessary hassles.
- Protect Your Computer from Malware provides tips on how to avoid, detect, and remove viruses and spyware that were installed on your computer without your consent.
- Digital Literacy Portal for the entire familyAs more of our life happens online, Internet skills are becoming crucial to living responsibly. What skills do you need to navigate Internet society? How can parents and educators teach themselves, their families, and their communities about important topics like identity protection, fraud detection, and digital citizenship?ThinkB4U is a collaboration between Google and safety experts Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely, and the National Consumers League. Together, we are tackling some of the biggest learning curves thrown at the average user in a fun and interactive way.There’s still a long way to go to achieve digital literacy for everyone, but we hope that projects like ThinkB4U will boost advocacy for online safety education, the importance of which is invaluable in our deeply connected world.
- Download our Safety Center bookletOur top tips for staying safe and secure online in a format that you can print and keep.
Resources for parents
- Now You KnowCheck out videos created for youth, by youth on topics like cyber-wellness, security, and privacy.
- A Good Digital ParentingA Good Digital Parenting is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) designed to help parents, teachers, and teens connect, share, and do good online.
- Teach Parents TechTeach Parents Tech lets you select from more than 50 basic how-to videos to send to Mom, Dad, your old college roommate, your neighbor, and anyone else who could use a little help with tech tasks—whether it’s how to copy and paste or how to share a big file.
- Get Your Folks OnlineGet Your Folks Online, a partnership between Age Action and Google, provides several interactive courses on the basics of the Internet.
Resources for students
- Online Safety RoadshowLike Drivers Ed for the web, the Online Safety Roadshow is a 45-minute digital citizenship assembly for teens that shares tips and tricks for being safe and smart online.
Resources for educators
- Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship CurriculumTeach your students to be safe and smart online. We’ve teamed up with online safety experts iKeepSafe to develop a curriculum that educators can use in the classroom to teach what it means to be a responsible online citizen.The curriculum is designed to be interactive and discussion-filled, and to allow students to learn through hands-on and scenario-based activities. On this site, you’ll find a resource booklet for both educators and students that can be downloaded in PDF form, presentations to accompany the lesson, and animated videos to help frame the conversation.
- Online Safety Roadshow ActivityThese handouts complement our Online Safety Roadshow to continue the conversation in the classroom.